Rather than consulting on privacy and considering copyright law reforms that would protect Canadians from the use of DRM (as an increasing number of commentators have suggested we should do), our former government proposed copyright reforms that would provide protection for DRM. Proposed ‘anti-circumvention’ provisions would make it illegal for people to circumvent copyright holders’ DRM. Such legal provisions could cripple Canadians’ ability to protect their privacy and to enjoy copyright works in private, free from copyright holders’ DRM ‘spyware’. This problem is aggravated by free-market arguments that attempt to justify DRM on the basis that people often ‘agree’ to the surveillance when they agree to the standard-form contracts implemented by DRM. However, the law must protect individuals by ensuring that such ‘agreements’ reflect the expectations of the parties and are not used to circumvent privacy. Deceptive standard-form agreements that add provisions on surveillance undermine consumer confidence and hurt the acceptance of market-based solutions.Link
Non-smokers will find the cabin air more refreshing than on any other flight with any other airline, as SMINTAIR adds fresh outside air to the conditioning system! This is more expensive, as it burns more fuel, but it is seen as an additional service to our guests.Instead of free travel, frequent flyer miles earn you lung tumors. Link to blog post, here's a BBC News item. (thanks better living through miles) Reader comment: Brian Nicks says,
This is a hysterical claim on the part of SMINTAIR. All airlines add fresh outside air to the conditioning system (about 50% of what you breathe in an airliner is fresh outside air). Jet engines take bleed air to feed air conditioning packs that introduce the outside air to the cabin, continually replenishing the supply of air in the cabin. SMINTAIR is selling a feature that all airlines provide. From airlinesafety.com:In flight, the packs are usually operated in “high flow” mode during ground operations, and the climb/descent portions of the flight. Recirculation fans are also running to enhance the velocity of the air in the cabin. When cruise altitude is reached, it is normal for the packs to change from high flow to “normal” flow. That means they pump air into the cabin at a somewhat lower volume (cubic feet per minute) than they do in the high flow mode. That is done to reduce wear and tear on the packs and to save fuel. The laws of physics require additional energy consumption to pump higher volumes of air. That requirement is even more pronounced with the newer energy efficient and environmental friendly engines of today: "... most newer jetliners are powered by high-bypass-ratio fan engines which are much quieter, much cleaner burning, more powerful and much more efficient. At the front end of this engine type is a large-diameter fan, which is powered by the core. The fan moves a large volume of air past the core rather than through it, and actually generates most of the thrust. Every unit of pressurized air extracted from the engine core has the effect of reducing fan thrust by an even greater amount, and that degrades fuel efficiency more severely on this type of engine than on the older type. By providing the cabin with a mixture of about 50 percent outside air taken from the compressor and 50 percent recirculated air, a balance has been achieved that maintains a high level of cabin air quality, good fuel efficiency and less impact to our environment." [Excerpt from Boeing consumer news. For the entire document, and more, click here: Boeing. See also, Facts and Myths]
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First she tries to discredit me as an insane person with personal problems who she doesn't even think has kids (even though in my blog post about her I clearly state I've got four children, have photos of my four children up on flickr and elsewhere on my blog etc.) She tells this to a professional publication American Photo (whom I've asked for a retraction from and who never contacted me to verify her claims even though they pulled quotes from my same post that referenced that I had four kids).Link (Thanks, Zack!)
Next, Jill tracks down my employer, an unrelated third party who has absolutely zero to do with my personal views and opinions and tries to apply pressure to get me to pull my post. She literally calls my boss this morning who has absolutely zero to do with any of my blogging. (By the way Jill, I blog from my own laptop on my own time). The last company who thought that they could intimidate me by involving my employer, an unrelated third party, went by the name PriceRitePhoto. I don't think they are in business anymore but feel free to Google them to read the story.
And then her husband tells me that in his opinion I'm committing libel. I'm committing libel for having an opinion that what Jill is doing to these kids constitutes abuse. That to emotionally work these kids up is abusive. My opinion Robert Green. He goes on to tell me that if I want to discuss this further that I get a lawyer.
Using information the government has collected on noise levels within London, a map has been plotted of the capital's most silent spaces. The map intends to reveal a hidden landscape of quiet spaces and shows an alternate side of the city that would normally go unnoticed.Link (via We Make Money Not Art)
The American military is in the midst of a profound shift in strategy that is reshaping the military's presence, and in many cases, its mission, around the world. Older, permanent bases are downsizing or being restructured; newer, smaller and more flexible bases, in places new to American troops, are being created. We are looking for ways to tell stories--cultural, economic, political and environmental--about the nearly half million men and women serving the security interests of the United States overseas.Link (Thanks, Dan!0
The students have fanned out across the globe for their on-the-ground reporting, which ultimately will be used to produce broadcast-quality journalism. But one way they're learning to tell this story is through a blog, US Military Abroad, on which you'll find a good example of group blogging. And (update) don't miss their Korea blog. Other project blogs include:
* Privacy, Civil Liberties and Homeland Security (Medill School, Northwestern University)
* Immigration Outpost (Annenberg School, University of Southern California)
* Homeland Security Money Trail (Columbia University)
In another experiment, students who'd just come back from their break were polled. The ones who'd partied it up regretted their actions -- while those who studied were virtuously smug. But when asked to recall the spring break from the previous year, suddenly more students regretted their choice not to party. When alumni were asked to recall their spring breaks of 40 years ago, the results were even starker: Those who hadn't been doing beer shots out of a barber's chair were striken with remorse.
Austin's Scott Wade uses paint-brushes and his fingers to paint incredibly detailed art-scenes in the dust that accumulates on the windows of his Mini Cooper. The Austin American-Statesman has a small gallery of his finest work -- I love this dogs playing poker repro. My takeaway: anything that looks good in black velvet also works well in windshield dust. Link (via Neatorama)
Update: Matt sez, "Here's a Flickr set of some fantastic sock monkeys created by a Boston artist."
Link (Thanks, Janis Sawyer!)
This summer sixspace is proud to present Kindertotenlieder, the first solo exhibition by California-based artist Donovan Crosby. In her new acrylic paintings (on canvas and panel), she portrays Victorian-era children with flowers. Using the saccharine iconography of the 19th century, Crosby plays on the irony and perhaps oversimplification of our idealized expectations regarding the imagery of children or flowers. Often perceived merely as "pretty little things," each can carry within a fundamental "darkness" and complexity that, while disturbing in some regards, is also a natural component.Link
The depiction of certain flowers in Kindertotenlieder reference a "language of flowers" that was a common tradition in Napoleonic France through Victorian-era England. Citing two authoritative historical sources, Crosby utilized floral meanings that have meanings such as "absence," "reverie," and "hatred" that counter-act the quaint notion that flowers, and subsequently children, are wholesome and simplistic – for instance, the symbolic use of flowers was as much present in superstition and proverbs as it was communications and ceremonies. These dark undertones also signify the horrible living conditions many children suffered during the 19th century.
In these 128 raunchy, parody-packed pages, Ryan mocks every kind of comic imaginable. Comic Book Holocaust skewers characters of all types, from newspaper strip icons and alternative favorites to the stars of Manga, sci-fi, kid's, and superhero comics. This hilarious and irreverent sketchbook collection continues the Johnny Ryan brand of gleefully perverse humor.Link
BP Webshop Exclusive: The first 200 books ordered through the BP webshop will have a signed and numbered bookplate tipped in. These bookplates were cut down from the 3-color letterpress prints originally made for the covers of the four minicomics that this book collects (we'll remove this description when they run out). Buenaventura Press, 2006. 6.75 x 8.5 in. 128pp.
Student: "We are seeing rather terrible things these days, odd things that didn't happen before. That immorality was bonded to increase more and more each day is written. Evil, crime, genocide, all those dreadful things, kingdoms against each other, nations fighting each other, all that is in the Bible."Link
The launch of the new body was witnessed by two Iranian representatives whose human-rights records – even by the standards of the Islamic Republic – are infamous: justice minister Jamal Karimirad and Tehran's prosecutor-general Saeed Mortazavi.Link to full text. (Thanks, Cyrus!)
Mortazavi was the presiding judge of the infamous Court 1410 and hailed as the "butcher of the press" for his vicious rulings against journalists and free thinkers. He is credited with the closure of more than 100 publications and the harassment and imprisonment of many writers, activists, lawyers and bloggers in recent years. Shirin Ebadi, the lawyer and Nobel laureate, has even accused Mortazavi of being present in 2003 when Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was tortured and killed.
Reader comment: Scott says,
It goes rather further than what you report. Saeed Mortazavi wasn't merely present when Zahra Kazemi was tortured and killed, but (as noted in this NPR report), Iranian reports say he ordered her arrest and supervised the torture.
Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay recently said that Canada wants "this creature brought to justice."
The report also notes that a report by Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami said that Mortazavi's men beat her, pulled out her fingernails, brutally raped her, and killed her.
Hi!! Back in January, BoingBoing blogged about the "Google water" I found while I was in Camp Fallujah, Iraq.Link
As you might remember I placed the water up for charity auction on Ebay to benefit Fisher House [a charity benefiting military families]. Unfortunately the all-powerful Google had my Ebay site shut down my auction, due to copyright violations. Luckily the highest bidder contacted me outside of Ebay and we were able to make a donation to the Fisher House for $130.
I’m back from Iraq and have brought some Google water back with me. Unfortunately there are Marines and service members who will not be returning to their families. Since Ebay will not allow me to auction off the water for charity. I would like to sell the bottle of water for a $500 donation to the Fisher house. The specific can be worked out between buyer and myself. If any other readers know a better way to auction this off please contact me and I will adjust appropriately.
Reader comment: Stella says,
Here's a good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle remix of a scene from the Big Lebowski. Link
Central Casting, the self-proclaimed largest extras casting company in the world, has announced an open casting call for extras for director Michael Bay's big-screen version of Transformers. They are looking for 16-17 year-olds and 18-23 year-olds that look like high school students. They require SAG members and non-union talent. The scheduled work dates are July 10-12, 2006, although dates are subject to change.The call takes place in Burbank, CA on Thursday June 29 -- that's this week. Link. And Jalopnik has peeks at leaks from the forthcoming film: Link. (thanks, Bonnie, and Coop)
Reader comment: Gareth Simpson says,
Since you're looking for Transformers movie stuff and the rumour site you linked to has had its Bumblebee pictures C&Ded, you might like to take a look at this flickr group of on-set photos before it goes the same way.
But played loudly enough, any one of these ice cream truck melodies would melt that record-setter into a puddle of digital goo. Link to WFMU blog post with lots of audio files, and here's my favorite. Maybe I'll make it my own ringtone. Then every time someone calls me, I'll taste Creamsicles or It's-Its in my brain and imagine a creepy dude hunched over the steering wheel, counting dimes. (thanks, Mike)
Mike Ransom says,
I noticed that WFMU MP3-ized the WAV of "And The Band Played On" from my Ice Cream page: Link.
I found a sample fragment from an urban musicology album online on 4/29/2000 (Link). I was able to carefully re-splice it into a whole so it could play as a continuous loop on the above page.
That's the one I really remember as a kid, plus Mr. Softee (I also like the less wholesome Kid Creole and the Cocoanuts tune with the same title.)
The device was used for two studio productions, title "Ananas Symphonie" including synthetic vocals and rhythm track in conjunction with lapsteel guitar and rhythm machine , as well for "Kristallo" with rhythm machine and EMS-Synth.Link (via Music Thing)
Later used to sound the KW's intro for "Autobahn..."
It was conceived , built and constructed by electronic engineers in the area of Physikalisch-Technische BundesAnstalt (PTB) Braunschweig, Dipl.Ing P.Leunig and Dipl.Ing. K.Obermayer.
Later the well known german music studio engineering and supplier company R.Barth K.G.,Hamburg, Germany, boiled down the know-how gained from this project into so called MUSICODER which was produced in small quantities.
An exploration into the life and art of the renowned author Hubert Selby Jr, who, against all odds, reached international acclaim with his controversial novels, including Last Exit to Brooklyn and Requiem for a Dream. Archival footage and new interviews from the legion of artists and friends, who shared his passion for literature and life, drive this insightful documentary.
With Lou Reed, Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Darren Aronofsky, Uli Edel, Jerry Stahl, Richard Price, Nick Tosches, Amiri Baraka, Henry Rollins, Michael Silverblatt, James Ragan and others. Narrated by Robert Downey, Jr.
Wed. July 5 & Thurs. July 6, 2006 at 7PM -
The Two Boots/Pioneer Theatre
East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B, New York City, NY
(212) 591 0434
Discount for Boing Boing readers! Jeffrey says:
I'm a Boing Boing reader, and I'm a projectionist at the Pioneer Theater that is screening the Hubert Selby Jr. doc. If any Boing Boing reader comes in and mentions Boing Boing that they read about the movie on Boing Boing, we'll give them discounted admission ($6.50).
On the 9th of May the Bulgarian publishing house 'Trud', owned by the German media group Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, sends a letter threatening with a lawsuit the specialized web library for blind people - bezmonitor.com (its name means 'without a monitor'). The publishing house claims that they own the copyrights for certain classical Bulgarian books and translations of foreign- language ones, which appear on the website in files in ASCII format, which is good for reading by audio programs, that do it instead of people, who cannot see. The creator of the website, Victor, who is also blind is supporting it on his own and without any financial profit. Although he removes the texts in question, he mentions this case to his friend Dr. Grigor Gatchev, who is recognized translator, an author and well-known blogger...Link (Thanks, Nikola!)
Bulgarian citizens as well as organizations of the blind people, such as Association 'Eyesight' and the National Library for the Blind 'Louis Braille' inform all Bulgarian media on the behavior of publishing house 'Trud', which itself owns a few major daily newspapers. 'Trud' tries to prevent the story from becoming public, as the owner of the publishing house is also a director of the Union of the Bulgarian Publishers. And most major media outlets do keep silence. However fewer small independent newspapers voice people's outrage.
Publishing house 'Trud' is furious and wants revenge contacting the main department for combating organized crime to demand the closure of the website although the texts in question are long gone. The department, although a state institution, already has a very bad reputation for serving corporate interests and having made illegal arrests on previous cases. A phone call from the department to the blind programmer of the website, Victor, makes him remove all texts under the fear of arrest, which although completely illegal and immoral, would put Victor's health in danger.
Update: Antonia has posted lots more about this in Bulgarian and English:
1. Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) owns the two biggest daily newspapers in Bulgaria (Trud and 24 Chasa), as well as several weeklies and special editions. The combined circulations of Trud and 24 Chasa are greater than that of all the other dailies in our country. Yes, WAZ is a monopolist as it holds about 70 to 80% of the print media market in Bulgaria.
2. Recently Trud have started an online 'knowledge' site znam.bg -- they are putting texts of classic books there but the access is paid. Any reader should send a short message via cell phone in order to obtain a login. Furthermore the site is all scripts, flash and stuff and is pretty unreadable for text browsers. Surprise, surprise! Such as the ones used by the blind.
When contacted the developers of znam.bg said: "Yes, we know there are other e-libraries, but we are going to make the best one and there will be no need for the others to exist". Once a monopolist, always a monopolist...
Farecast, a site that predicts what date you should buy a plane ticket to get the best deal, has concluded its private beta and is now open to the public. I've been dreaming of a service like this for years. I hate that every time I buy a plane ticket, I'm sure I'm getting ripped off. Unfortunately, the public beta still only encompasses flights originating in Boston or Seattle. Link (via Kottke)